St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

February is Heart Health Awareness Month

February is Heart Health Awareness Month

Friday, February 7, 2014

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – St. John Parish President Natalie Robottom will proclaim February as Heart Health Awareness Month to raise awareness of heart disease and increase knowledge about prevention.

Heart disease kills an estimated 630,000 Americans each year. It's the leading cause of death for both men and women. In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease (CAD), which can lead to a heart attack.

Awareness and education of heart disease are vital to prevention and early detection.  Residents and employees are encouraged to learn about the dangers of heart disease and heart attack symptoms by visiting the American Heart Association’s website at Exercising, eating healthy, keeping blood pressure, and cholesterol down, limiting alcohol and tobacco use, maintaining healthy weight and receiving health screenings regularly will help prevent heart disease.

St. John Parish employees helped raise awareness of the disease by wearing red to work on National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 7, 2014. In recognition of American Heart Month, River Parishes Hospital in LaPlace will offer free blood pressure screenings and a $5 heart healthy meal in the hospital cafeteria on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. Participants will receive a free pedometer and heart healthy recipes will be available.

River Parishes Hospital is located at 500 Rue de Sante, LaPlace, LA 70068